Outland Entertainment is excited to announce the upcoming launch of their next anthology, Althingi: The Crescent and the Northern Star.
VIKING and MUSLIM are two words that are rarely, if ever, positively associated in the public discourse or the mainstream news cycle. However, co-editors Joshua Gillingham (The Gatewatch, Old Norse for Modern Times) and Muhammad Ahmad (A Mosque Among the Stars, Islamicates) are out to change that.
Set in the same historical universe as the card game Althingi: One Will Rise, the anthology Althingi: The Crescent and the Northern Star explores the fascinating connections between Vikings and Muslims at the height of the Viking Age. Featuring fourteen authors of both Viking and Islamic historical fiction, including Linnea Hartsuyker (The Golden Wolf Saga), Sami Shah (I, Migrant), and Genevieve Gornichec (The Witch’s Heart), this groundbreaking collection of cross-cultural stories is set to launch May 4, 2021 on Kickstarter.
“Cross-cultural conversations are so important,” said Gillingham. “And they don’t just happen. This anthology sheds light on the real historical connections between Vikings and Muslims, who were both thriving at the height of the Viking Age while mainland Christian Europe was floundering in the so-called Dark Ages. Especially with recent political events, we’ve witnessed the real consequences of continuing to propagate fundamentalist versions of history. We need to highlight and celebrate the connections between our cultures and histories now more than ever.”
Just one example of this is the fact that the only first-hand, eye-witness account of Vikings comes from the Islamic scholar Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, an ambassador from Baghdad sent to observe the Volga Bulgars in 921-922 A.D.; it is thanks to his work that we have knowledge of the iconic Viking ship burial, wherein a Viking is burned at sea surrounded by wealth and weapons. Fadlan’s writing, as well as many other connections, are explored through this anthology of cross-cultural short stories.